Leeds robbery victim threatened with taser

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A man was threatened with a taser as a gang robbed him of his motorbike, a court heard.

The victim was targeted after receiving a phone call over the sale of the machine and agreeing to meet a man who claimed he wanted to buy it.

Leeds Crown Court heard five men then turned up at the victim’s home on Rookwood Avenue, Osmondthorpe, on July 10 last year.

One of the men took out a taser and activated it. Richard Canning, prosecuting, said the victim saw the weapon “crackle” and moved back as it was pointed towards him.

The victim’s grandfather then went outside and was also threatened with the weapon.

The men then put the motorbike in the back of a van and drove it away. Reece Bryan, 23, was arrested after mobile phone records linked him to the offence.

Bryan, of Aberfield Rise, Belle Isle, Leeds, pleaded guilty to robbery.

The court heard one other man has already been jailed over the incident.

Marcus Waite, mitigating, said Bryan had gone with the men but did not realise a robbery was going to take place and did not know that one of the men had a taser.

Mr Waite accepted that his client failed to stop the offence taking place and helped the others load the motorbike into the back of the van.

Recorder Gurdial Singh Jailed Bryan for 14 months. He said: “This was a robbery aggravated by there being more than one offender.

It was organised and a weapon was used.”

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